Both industrial endoscopes and medical endoscopes are endoscopes in terms of name. Medical endoscopes appeared earlier. Industrial endoscopes are produced on the basis of medical endoscopes. The basic principles of the two are the same. According to the development and imaging structure, they can also be divided into: hard tube endoscopes, fiber endoscopes, electronic endoscopes, etc. So what is the difference between industrial endoscope and medical endoscope?
First of all, from the name point of view, the two purposes are different.
Industrial endoscope is a non-destructive testing equipment for industrial use. It can observe the depth of curved pipeline and the parts that can not be looked directly by human eyes, and can realize long-distance observation and operation. The industrial endoscope can easily and quickly inspect the interior of various machines, equipment and assembled objects without disassembly or damage. It is widely used in petrochemical, auto parts manufacturing, aerospace, police security, rail transit and other industries.
Medical endoscope is a commonly used medical instrument, which is mainly used in the routine medical examination and surgical operation of the human body. When in use, the endoscope is introduced into the organ to be examined through the natural pore of the human body or the small incision made by the operation, which can directly spy on the changes of relevant parts. Combined with other surgical instruments, the closed surgical operation in the body can be carried out in vitro. It has the advantages of flexible and simple operation, reducing patient pain and improving efficiency. The functional minimally invasive surgery technology of medical endoscope has been widely accepted by doctors and patients.
Secondly, because of different uses, they have different requirements for materials and imaging. Because the medical endoscope extends into the human body and will contact with the human body to produce friction, in order to avoid discomfort and unnecessary damage, relatively soft materials are usually selected. Industrial endoscopes generally extend into industrial facilities and often rub with hard materials such as metal, so materials with good wear resistance (such as tungsten steel wire) are usually used as the outer layer. In addition, although both images are clear, the former is used to observe the internal organs of the human body, so it pays more attention to the color and softness of the image; The observation object of industrial endoscope is the metal in a relatively narrow space, so it is necessary to consider the problems such as metal reflection and lighting intensity to ensure the clarity of imaging.
The differences between industrial endoscope and medical endoscope are briefly introduced. At present, some endoscope manufacturers have both products, while others start from medical endoscopes and then turn to industrial endoscopes.